About Us

Jack and Jill boasts 252 chapters nationwide, representing more than 40,000 family members. Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under a general five point programmatic thrust: cultural awareness, educational development, health (education and advocacy), civic (legislative advocacy and service) and social/recreational areas. Through service projects, Jack and Jill of America creates a medium of contact for children to stimulate their growth and development. Through lobbying, educational programming, dissemination of education materials, and the organization of community and charitable events, Jack and Jill has promoted the public awareness and interests of children including child development, child growth, child quality of life, child care and the promotion of children’s rights.

President's Welcome

Dear Mothers and Families of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated,

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve as the 27th National President of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated.  As mothers, we unite together in Jack and Jill with the primary purpose of seeing our children and all children succeed in every way as they develop into future leaders. As your new 2022-2024 National Executive Board, we pledge to work tirelessly to achieve the following goals and objectives:

  • Provide Strategic Direction and Operational Excellence
  • Enhance Membership Satisfaction
  • Expand Educational and Cultural Opportunities
  • Create Harmonious Sisterly Relationships
  • Advocate as Change Agents and Policy Influencers
  • Leverage the Power of Technology
  • Protect our Branding

We will move forward with transparency, accountability, and sustainability. I am humbled that you have placed your trust in me to lead this organization, and I am optimistic about our future. I am committed to remaining focused on the children as our first priority. Together, we are dedicated to ensuring Jack and Jill remains revered and prepared for many generations to come.

On behalf of the entire 2022-2024 National Executive Board, thank you for the inspiration and opportunity to serve.

Kornisha McGill Brown

27th National President
Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated

Kornisha Brown

27th National President

National Executive Board

Kornisha McGill Brown

National President

On July 29, 2022, Kornisha McGill Brown was re-elected for a second term as the 27th National President of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated at the 45th National Convention in Orlando, Fl. Prior to being re-elected as National President, Kornisha served as the 2017-2019 Regional Director of the Southeastern Region. Kornisha also served as the 2015-2017 Southeastern Regional Secretary, Regional Nominating Committee member for 2 terms, and as Regional Chair of Rules and Regulations. Kornisha was recognized as “Chapter President of the Year” by the Southeastern Region at the 29th Biennial Mothers’ Regional Conference. She has been a member of the Columbus, GA (5-Star) Chapter for 15 years where she served as Chapter President, Chapter Vice-President, and much more.

Kornisha McGill Brown is a native of Thomaston, GA and currently resides with her family in Columbus, GA. She is a graduate of Spelman College where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She received a Masters of Education Degree in Social Science Education from the University of Georgia. As an educator, servant leader, small business managing partner, and philanthropist, Kornisha has spent the majority of her professional and personal life supporting and advocating for the youth in the community. Kornisha is a member of The Links, Incorporated-Columbus, GA Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley, Auxiliary to the Columbus Fort-Benning Medical Society, Brookstone School Parent Association Executive Board, Emanuel Preparatory School Board, and the Women’s Giving Circle for the Boys and Girls Club of the Chattahoochee Valley.

Kornisha is married to Dr. Darius K. Brown, Sr., and they are the very proud parents of two children- Jordan Janay Brown (Jack and Jill Alum) and Darius Brown, Jr. She and her family are active members of New Birth Outreach Church in Columbus, GA.

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Sativa Leach-Bowen

National Vice President

Sativa is the loving wife of Charles E. Bowen Jr. and the attentive mother of Jordan (21) and Justin (13), they represent the best pieces of her!

Sativa has over 25 years of executive experience in the Financial Services industry within Corporate Compliance & Audit, Marketing, Public Relations, Community Relations and Outreach.

In her professional career serving as a Senior Vice President of Marketing Support Operations Services for a Fortune 100 company, during her tenure she has led large operational teams as well as self directed executive groups focused on project management and oversight of portfolios with millions in receivables, sales and losses.

She previously served as a Board of Trustee for Jack and Jill of America Foundation and as the South Central Region Member-at-Large for Jack and Jill of America, Inc. along with a host of other regional/ chapter elected and appointed positions.

Sativa has a MBA in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a BA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has been recognized as a Distinguished African American alumni and supports various philanthropic programs in her local community.

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Michele Henry-McGee

National Treasurer

Having served as Central Regional Treasurer, prior to being elected as National Treasurer, Michele is excited and prepared to continually support and nurture all chapter and regional financial officers in their path to financial excellence as well as keep and leave the organization in a position of sound fiscal management.

By degree, Michele has a lengthy background and strong foundation in Business Administration and has served professionally in Trust Administration and Estate Planning, specializing in Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts and Estate Planning, as well as Private Banking and most recently, as Director of Corporate Finance and Global Logistics overseeing all financial operations with domestic and international clients in the agri-business industry.

She is serving in her sixth year as Secretary of the Our Lady Queen of Peace School Board, and is Co-Chair of the Board’s Development Committee focusing on fundraising and donor giving. She is currently in her fourth year as the Our Lady Queen of Peace School Legislative Action liaison for the State of Illinois. As a chartering member of the East St. Louis Club of Rotary International, her focus as Membership Chair was strategic growth and retention of club membership.

Finally, as owner of two successful family businesses, Michele is well-versed and gainfully-experienced in managing both internal and external financial operations, as well as grant-writing.

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Marvis Donalson

National Program Director

As a business executive and as a mother, Marvis is passionate about the future of all young people. Throughout her professional life, she has used data analysis and business acumen to make a difference. Whether addressing the needs of underserved communities, creating a high return on investment for national corporations, or offering nimble leadership and service to chapters, local, regional and national Jack and Jill, she has been committed to building bridges.

The ability to design, implement and evaluate effective program delivery brings her joy. She is proud to couple exceptional communication and strategic planning skills throughout every area of her life. Marvis’ goal this administration is to provide our chapters with the resources needed to succeed programmatically with multi-faceted programs based on quality data, national research and membership feedback.

Marvis has the broad experience of a business analyst shaped by C-Suite leadership assignments at Coca Cola and Dun & Bradstreet. The ‘C’ stands for care and charisma, leading with a smile, because transformational leaders value commitment. This core value of commitment is evident as a real estate agent and nationally recognized volunteer for American Heart Association.

As a brand ambassador, she leads from vision to implementation.

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Ily Houston

National Recording Secretary

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ily J. Houston is a graduate of the George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science and Howard University’s School of Engineering in Washington, DC, where she excelled as an honors student and leader. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Systems and Computer Science in 1996 and served as Secretary for the National Society of Black Engineers. In addition, she completed post-graduate studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

Following her undergraduate studies, Mrs. Houston worked as a Systems Engineer for Sprint Telecommunications in Reston, VA, before becoming a Software Development Consultant for American Management Systems in Plymouth Meeting, PA. During her time with AMS, she served as a Software/Web Developer and I/T Specialist Consultant to clients including The Vanguard Group, Citibank, M&I Data Services, Circuit City and the BroadVision Software Company. She also worked as a Software Developer for IBM Global Services. Devoted to her family, Mrs. Houston took a hiatus from the corporate world in 2002, when she became a Stay-At-Home Wife and Mother.

During her years with her small children, she started Event Solution Enterprises, an online Custom Invitation and Stationery Business where she designed and sold custom invitations and other papery items to clients locally and across the country. She also worked as a Virtual Assistant to a small group of boutique clients in Philadelphia, PA providing customer relations, human resources, correspondence and social media marketing and management services. A skilled professional, Mrs. Houston served as an Administrator at Greene Street Friends School, a private Pre-K to 8th Grade school in Philadelphia, PA where she began her tenure in 2010.

She is married to her loving husband of twenty-one years, Gordon S. Houston, Jr., of Trevose, PA. They are the proud parents of two sons, Gordon Stanley III and Grant Andrew Houston. She is a dedicated member of her church, The Christian Church in Philadelphia where she serves as a Deaconess. Mrs. Houston is an active member of the Philadelphia Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. where she has served as Chapter President and currently serves the organization as Eastern Region Secretary. She is active with Howard University Alumni Association’s Philadelphia Chapter, and also an active 26 year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. As an advocate for her children, and all children, she serves as an appointed Co-Clerk of the Parents of Students of Color group at Friends’ Central School where she has a 2021 graduate and a rising Sophomore, and
is also active with the Morgan State University Parents Association, where she has a rising Sophomore.

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Nichelle Nicholes Levy

National Corresponding Secretary

Nichelle Nicholes Levy serves as National Corresponding Secretary of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. She is the immediate past Mid-Atlantic Region Foundation Member-at-Large, having served as a member of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Executive Board from 2019 – 2021.

Nichelle is a proud member of the South Charlotte Chapter (NC), having served as a charter member (2007-2010) and the chapter’s Third President (2014-2018). During Nichelle’s term as Chapter President, the South Charlotte Chapter was named a Five Star Chapter of Distinction (2016), a Five Star Chapter (2018), served as co-host for National Convention (2014) and co-host for Mid-Atlantic Regional Teen Leadership Conference (2017). Prior to service as Chapter President, Nichelle served as the Governance Chair under the leadership of Chartering President Sonja Nichols and Second President Nikki Fleming. NCS Nichelle currently serves as a liaison representative for the South Charlotte Chapter in support of our sponsorship of The Mothers of the Upper Palmetto (TMOUP (South Carolina)) Provisional Chapter.

On the regional level, Nichelle served in a newly created role as Chair of the Regional Competition Committee. In this role, she worked with the committee to support MAL Tiffany Spann-Wilder as she endeavors to continue to elevate the Teen Leadership Conference competition experience for the teens of the Mid-Atlantic Region. Nichelle has served as Regional Strategic Relevance & Value Committee Chair (2017-2018), in developing the National Strategic Plan, and Regional Sponsorship Committee Chair (2017-2021), in developing regional standards for sponsorship solicitation, along with other appointments at Regional Mothers Conferences and National Conventions.

Nichelle has 30+ years of experience in the advertising, marketing, privacy, entertainment and sports industries. Professionally she serves as an in-house lawyer in the role of Senior Assistant General Counsel – Digital & Privacy Data for National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, LLC (NASCAR) and NASCAR Digital Media, LLC in Charlotte, NC. NCS Nichelle received her B.A. in Psychology (1990) and her M.A. in Social Science from The University of Chicago (1990), and her J.D. from New York University School of Law (2001).

Nichelle and her husband Sid Levy, Jr. are the proud parents of Sidney W. Levy, III (“Tre”) (18), a Senior at Trinity Prep, and Nicholes Maxwell James Levy (16), a Junior at Charlotte Latin School.

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Amanda McWilliams

National Editor

Amanda McWilliams is a long-time resident of Las Vegas. She has had an extensive career working to expand access and services for the aged, disabled, and youth population in the Las Vegas Area. She has worked for the federal government for over two decades. She currently works as a manager for the Social Security Administration where she oversees the operations of the district office located in the second largest city in the state of Nevada.

Ms. McWilliams uses her voice in education, education policy and justice, and youth advocacy in the Las Vegas community. She was appointed by prior Governor Sandoval to serve as the parent representative on the Nevada Educator Code of Ethics Advisory Group. She has also served as the parent representative for Clark County School District on several K-5 textbook advisory committees. In addition, she has served for many years as the parent representative on the School Organization Teams, these teams are mandated by the Nevada Legislature.

In the coming year Amanda is celebrating her 25th year, as an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. In addition, she has been an active member for thirteen years with the Las Vegas Chapter of the Society, Inc, an organization that focuses on youth and the arts. She often volunteers for organizations such as the Shannon West Center for homeless youth (in Southern Nevada) and Project 150, an organization that provides clothing and toiletries to homeless youth.

Ms. McWilliams is an alumnus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and her Master of Public Administration degree. Her most important job has and continues to be mother of her two amazing children. Brayden age 18 and Carissa age 16.

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National Teen Board

The National Teen Board (NTB) was formed in 2013. The purpose of the NTB is to give teens a voice on the national level, to help Jack and Jill youth unite as opposed to seven independently functioning regions. The board is represented by each of the Regional Teen Presidents who serve as role models and examples of the Jack and Jill product. Their focus is providing teens more of a voice in important issues and by celebrating the accomplishments of the organization to America to help to further eliminate stereotypes of the average black teenager.

Selena Snell

Central Region

Addison Rose

Eastern Region

Sydney Vaughn

Far West Region

Ciara Grant

Mid-Atlantic Region

Carter Minor

Mid-Western Region

Langston Benford

South Central Region

Jasmine Stewart

Southeastern Region

Father's Auxiliary

While mothers hold the membership in Jack and Jill of America, Inc., we realize that fathers play a vital role in helping to achieve our mission. We encourage the involvement of fathers at every level of the organization to assist mothers in delivering programming that stimulates the growth and development of our children and all children. As evidence of our belief in the importance of fathers to our organization, the Father’s Auxiliary is one of only three designated standing committees in our organization. The National Father’s Auxiliary Committee consists of one representative from each region, and the committee chair, which rotates among the regions, is appointed by the National President.

One of the primary objectives of the National Father’s Auxiliary is to encourage involvement of fathers at the local, regional and national level. This is done by establishing a line of communication between each region and all chapters who choose to have a Father’s Auxiliary to share information and ideas.

Associates

Mothers who have tenured out of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated can continue to give back to the organization as an Associate. A mother may become an Associate member of the organization when either the youngest child completes high school or when the youngest child reaches age twenty and the mother completes tenure in good standing. Associates and Associate Groups add value to our organization by supporting their local chapters and the Jack and Jill of America Foundation. They strengthen our organization by addressing the unique needs of Jack and Jill by embracing the institutional knowledge and wisdom of our tenured members. Associate Members who meet the documented criteria may apply for Life Membership (please click here for the form).

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Programs

Our programs are primarily centered around leadership development, awareness of cultural heritage and community service. To these ends, we have established multifaceted initiatives such as STE[A]M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math), the Healthy Living Initiative (centered on lifestyle improvements and healthy development) and various projects with our national and local partners. The philosophy we embrace is one of holistic enrichment of our youth and, by extension, our communities. Our national theme is The Power to Make a Difference.

Our History

The late Marion Stubbs Thomas founded Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, on January 24, 1938, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Twenty mothers came together to discuss creating an organization to provide social, cultural and educational opportunities for youth between the ages of 2 and 19. In 1946, 10 chapters were involved in the national restructuring process. The constitution and bylaws were drawn up, and the organization was incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware.